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Issue # 284
August 6, 2011 The Conservative Voice of Henry County
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In This Edition
S&P Downgrades US Rating T-SPLOST Money Goes North The Georgia Collective Roundtable Targets Priorities The Progressives Trojan Horse Politics of Fear YOUR VOICE Vaccination Scare Debunked No Plan B We Must Have Tax
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Hat tip to Herman Talmadge III "The New Deal is a combination of wet-nursing, frenzied finance, downright communism, and plain damned foolishness. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is not a Democrat. The real fight in this country is Americanism versus communism, mixed up with some kind of crazy give-me." Gov. Eugene Talmadge 1933

S&P downgrades US credit rating


S&P issues unprecedented downgrade of US credit rating, saying debt package falls short

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S&P said that in addition to the downgrade, it is issuing a negative outlook, meaning that there was a chance it will lower the rating further within the next two years. It said such a downgrade would occur if the agency sees smaller reductions in spending than Congress and the administration have agreed to make, higher interest rates or new fiscal pressures during this period. ROB WATERSON of Atlanta: It's going to be hard to remain optimistic, but we have Or visit www.hccitizen.org
no choice. We have to solider on. To do anything less would make us unworthy of the title of "American". Take a deep breath, play with your kids or grandkids. Then get ready, this is history we are living here. Let's impact the end of the story.

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

Cicero, 55 BC

Floyd County Republican Party


Is everyone ready for the August 13, 2011 Rally at the Tillman Hangar!! We have an awesome line up that is still adding great speaker. We have also added the raffle of a 9mm glock handgun. Tickets are $20 for one ticket and $100 for seven tickets with only 400 being sold! Contact a member of the Executive Board or email laylas36@gmail.com if you are interested in buying tickets. This Rally will be the best one yet!

T-SPLOST Money to Flow North


Youre looking at Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton and DeKalb represent 75 percent of the registered voters, just those four, said Paul Bennecke, who is one of the privately funded strategists for the referendum campaign. I think if this executive roundtable and then roundtable deliver a project list that creates jobs, retains jobs, increases quality of life and reduces traffic, thats something thats going to sell it in all 10 counties. AJC Paul Bennecke of Red Clay Strategies, (a very smart guy in the political world whom I admire) has laid part of his cards on the table. He does not need Henry or five other counties to get this proposed tax increase into law. The money is going to flow in massive amounts north where all the voters live and Henry will be get beans. It would be nice to see a breakdown of how much would be collected in Henry and how much flows back. Equitable division, timely completion and the right projects is what Chairwoman Mathis needs to obtain for Henry.

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The Rome GA TEA Party held a special showing of Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks a powerful and chilling documentary by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer on Thursday, 08/04/11. The announcement read: All Americans need to learn the issues that lead to this Sharia attack on our institutions and heritage. Panel and audience discussion after film. Join us.

Foreclosures on the Southside Equity Depot, a Kennesaw-based organization, which conducts research on foreclosures in the Atlanta area, reports that Henry County recorded 3,885 foreclosures in 2011, through the month of July. The numbers are even worse in Clayton County, which amassed a tally of 5,464 foreclosures in the same time period.

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The Georgia Collective


T-SPLOST, the Georgia transportation tax, will benefit some counties while all others hope for crumbs from the table. Ayn Rand wrote that Fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory . . . both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state. Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group . . . and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests. The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute forceand statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism. A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on specific projects to achieve a common objective. The Roundtable is made up of a county commission chairman and one mayor from each of the 12 counties in the metro Atlanta area. The gate-keeping Roundtable Executive Committee, made up of Henry County Chairman B.J. Mathis, Douglas County Chairman Tom Worthan, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and non-voting chairman Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. This group can be called The Central Committee (as in China, the Soviet Union, et. al). Central Committee is the common designation of a standing administrative body of mostly STALINIST states where it constituted the state power. The Central Committee is usually understood to be the ultimate decision-making AUTHORITY once the process of DEMOCRATIC CENTRALISM has led to an agreed-upon position.

The Position is this: Impose a sales tax on the entire metro-Atlanta region; create a multi-year source of state controlled revenue; focus media efforts on traffic congestion; promise whatever it takes to win voter approval; allocate available funding while depending on extension of the tax after the first 10 years; dangle a carrot to non-benefitting counties. Promise the Moon, but deliver only moonbeams. If the one-cent regional tax, known as T-SPLOST, is approved, 75 percent of proceeds will be used to fund projects on a final list approved by a regional roundtable. The plan allows only 25% of revenues to funnel back to counties paying into the program. The local share will total about $11 million for each contributing county. (The Post Searchlight, Bainbridge GA) Constantly changing numbers from the Georgia Department of Transportation continue to complicate the job of the elected officials working to put together a list of projects to be done with a proposed regional sales tax for transportation. The executive committee of the Three Rivers Regional Transportation Roundtable met Thursday in Sharpsburg. "We still have the same issue we've had every week. The numbers continue to change," said Robert Hiett, government services director for the Three Rivers Regional Commission and staff liaison for the roundtable. (The Times Herald, Newnan GA) BE AFRAID - VERY AFRAID - OF T-SPLOST - Citizens of Lamar and Pike counties should be vigilant in the coming months as projects are prioritized for transportation SPLOST initiatives to be placed on the ballot in 2012. T-SPLOST is the funding mechanism of the future for transportation projects. That would be fine if the monies collected at home stayed at home but that scenario makes too much sense to be adopted. It will be voted on district wide. So, those here at home could vote overwhelmingly against such a measure only to have it pass anyway. In fact, voters in two of the large counties with projects they heavily support could carry the entire vote, leaving those in the smaller counties paying for improvements they will never benefit from. (The Herald-Gazette, Barnesville, GA) The Citizen commends BJ Mathis for her "NO" vote. She well knows the Lovejoy Rail project is not wanted or needed in Henry County -- and she must now see that chances of T-SPLOST passing in the Southern Crescent are Slim and None. Hey, Slim just left town! The job Mathis has to fulfill is grabbing crumbs from the table. A list of road projects for Henry County would cost about $300 Million. That is $30 Million per year over the 10-year initial term of the T-TSPLOST. Of course projects like widening GA 42 from Butts to DeKalb is a laughable, multi-Billion dollar idea. But it will stay on the table as a bargaining chip. The Central Committee also passed a resolution to discuss the Atlanta-Lovejoy rail line, which now has a cost estimate of $1.1 Billion. Say anything to keep potential voters on the hook!

Having Mathis sit on the Central Committee is neither a good nor bad thing. If voters are so influenced by high priced marketing and refuse to use their God-given intelligence, the tax referendum could pass. In that case Henry County and others outside of Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton are all losers. Out of the $6 Billion or so that will be taken away from Georgia citizens, we may see the moonbeams but we will never get the benefits we will pay for.

Roundtable's Executive Committee Targets Transit Priorities The list of transit projects to be funded initially included only rail projects (listed below in alphabetical order): Atlanta Beltline Clifton Corridor Transit Line MARTA State of Good Repair Northwest Corridor to Town Center Restore Clayton County Local Bus Service Study and planning for Northeast Corridor These projects totaled $2.825 billion. During discussions, the Executive Committee voted to provide funding to maintain the Georgia Regional Transportation Authoritys Xpress Bus service for 10 years, at a cost of $180 million. This brought the total to $3,005,000,000 for regional transit projects. These projects totaled $2.825 billion. During discussions, the Executive Committee voted to provide funding to maintain the Georgia Regional Transportation Authoritys Xpress Bus service for 10 years, at a cost of $180 million. This brought the total to $3,005,000,000 for regional transit projects. Real progress was made today in honing the draft referendum project list, through targeting several large transit projects we want to pursue, said Bucky Johnson, Chairman of the Roundtable Executive Committee and mayor of Norcross. Early next week, we will settle on the large, region-shaping road and interstate exchange projects that can get our region moving in the future. About the Transportation Investment Act and the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable was created by a state law called the Transportation Investment Act that gives voters in 12 regions around the state the opportunity to enact a one penny sales tax to fund regional transportation improvements. The Atlanta region includes 10 counties and its Roundtable consists of the county commission chair from each of those counties and one mayor from each county, plus the mayor of Atlanta. The Roundtables Executive Committee is a five-member body elected by the full Roundtable to develop a draft list of projects it will present to the Roundtable by August 15. The Roundtable has until October 15 to modify and adopt a final list on which the region will vote in a July 31, 2012 referendum.

A Black Man, The Progressive's Perfect Trojan Horse


By Lloyd Marcus As millions of my fellow Americans, I am outraged, devastated and extremely angry by the democrat's unbelievable arrogance and disdain for We The People. Despite our screaming "no" from the rooftops, they forced ObamaCare down our throats. Please forgive me for using the following crude saying, but it is very appropriate to describe what has happened. "Don't urinate on me and tell me it's raining." Democrats say their mission is to give all Americans health care. The democrats are lying. Signing ObamaCare into law against our will and the Constitution is tyranny and step one of their hideous goal of having as many Americans as possible dependent on government, thus controlling our lives and fulfilling Obama's promise to fundamentally transform America ? I keep asking myself. How did our government move so far from the normal procedures of getting things done? Could a white president have so successfully pulled off shredding the Constitution to further his agenda? I think not. Ironically, proving America is completely the opposite of the evil racist country they relentlessly accuse her of being, progressives used America 's goodness, guilt and sense of fair play against her? in their quest to destroy America as we know it, progressives borrowed a brilliant scheme from Greek mythology. They offered America a modern day Trojan Horse, a beautifully crafted golden shiny new black man as a presidential candidate. Democrat Joe Biden lauded Obama as the first clean and articulate African American candidate. Democrat Harry Reid said Obama only uses a black dialect when he wants.

White America relished the opportunity to vote for a black man naively believing they would never suffer the pain of being called racist again. Black Americans viewed casting their vote for Obama as the ultimate Affirmative Action for America 's sins of the past. Then there were the entitlement loser voters who said, "I'm votin' for the black dude who promises to take from those rich SOBs and give to me." Just as the deceived Trojans dragged the beautifully crafted Trojan Horse into Troy as a symbol of their victory, deceived Americans embraced the progressive's young, handsome, articulate and so called moderate black presidential candidate as a symbol of their liberation from accusation of being a racist nation. Also like the Trojan Horse, Obama was filled with the enemy hiding inside. Sunday, March 21, 2010, a secret door opened in Obama, the shiny golden black man. A raging army of democrats charged out. Without mercy, they began their vicious bloody slaughter of every value, freedom and institution we Americans hold dear; launching the end of America as we know it. Wielding swords of votes reeking with the putrid odor of back door deals, the democrats landed a severe death blow to America and individual rights by passing ObamaCare. The mainstream liberal media has been relentlessly badgering the Tea Party movement with accusations of racism. Because I am a black tea party patriot, I am bombarded with interviewers asking me the same veiled question. "Why are you siding with these white racists against America 's first African American president?" I defend my fellow patriots who are white stating, "These patriots do not give a hoot about Obama's skin color. They simply love their country and oppose his radical agenda. Obama's race is not an issue." Recently, I have come to believe that perhaps I am wrong about Obama's race not being an issue. In reality, Obama's presidency has everything to do with racism, but not from the Tea Party movement. Progressives and Obama have exploited his race from the rookie senator's virtually unchallenged presidential campaign to his unprecedented bullying of America into ObamaCare. Obama's race trumped all normal media scrutiny of him as a presidential candidate and most recently even the Constitution of the United States ? ObamaCare forces all Americans to purchase health care which is clearly unconstitutional. No white president could get away with boldly and arrogantly thwarting the will of the American people and ignoring laws. President Clinton tried universal health care. Bush tried social security reform. The American people said "no" to both president's proposals and it was the end of it. So how can Obama get away with giving the American people the finger? The answer. He is black. The mainstream liberal media continues to portray all who oppose Obama in any way as racist. Despite a list of failed policies, overreaches into the private sector, violations of the Constitution and planned destructive legislation too numerous to mention in this article, many Americans are still fearful of criticizing our first black president. Incredible. My fellow Americans, you must not continue to allow yourselves to be "played" and intimidated by Obama's race or the historical context of his presidency. If we are to save America, the greatest nation on the planet, Obama's progressive agenda must be stopped.

Lloyd Marcus, (black) Unhyphenated American, Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer, Author, Artist & Tea Party Patriot, 2010 Lloyd Marcus

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Politics of Fear
The following FaceBook post was forwarded to The Citizen. We have seen news stories in Army Times, Military Times and on televised news shows. The situation resulting from Congressional dealings is reprehensible. In this, the greatest nation on earth, people are forced into fear and despair by national debt and policies that threaten life itself.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? The comment below is from my daughter-in-law. I have two sons, both in the United States Navy, fighting and defending our freedom. The actions of the American people have caused her to feel in fear of the security her family depends on. The same people she and my sons are risking their lives for. Is this what we want? ~ June Fields

Maria Whitman Morgan wrote: So, here we are again faced with the uncertainty of getting paid because the government cant figure out a way to solve a problem. This is why I begged Adam to get out. There is no stability, especially with the new law that is getting voted on. On April 8th, Air Force Times reported, A potential shutdown of the federal government has been postponed for one week, through midnight Thursday, military pay to continue. On May 17th we read, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is among the lawmakers seeking to reassure service members and their families that they wont miss out on a paycheck, even if the government faces a financial crisis this summer. In the wake of Mondays announcement that the U.S. has reached its $14.3 trillion debt limit and is now using extraordinary means to keep paying bills Hunter is urging quick passage of HR 1551, a bipartisan measure to guarantee military pay. He is the chief sponsor. Then, On July 29th, Military.com reported: Stars & Stripes - WASHINGTON -- Treasury Department officials will outline whether troops will see their paychecks halted by the debt limit showdown in the next few days, according to the White House. In comments to reporters, White House spokesman Jay Carney said negotiators are still hopeful that a deal can be reached, but Treasury planners are putting together a list of spending priorities to deal with the possibility of an impossible budget situation. That will include whether military paychecks will be halted, veterans benefits stopped or civilian defense employees furloughed, because funds could not be borrowed to cover those obligations. Administration officials have said they expect a shortfall of about $134 billion for August alone, unless new borrowing authority is approved. In the past month senior citizens have lived under threat that Social Security checks may not be mailed in August. President Obama spoke the words on national television. We have seen news headlines like Obama
puts Medicare, Social Security cuts on the table

One-third of our elderly population is living on their Social Security. One-third of our elderly population now lives in real fear from our government. The United States has an all volunteer military force. The number of Troops, active duty and reserve, is about 3,049,790. These are the men and women who choose to serve this country; choose to place their own lives in harms way. It is unthinkable that any threat against our military men and women and their families, and even worse against our elderly, could come from within our own government. Politics of fear is not acceptable.

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YOUR VOICE
To the Good People of Stockbridge
By Alfred Britt I have watched the political panorama of Stockbridge for more than 4 years. And let me tell you I have seen all kinds of things go on by politicians seeking to benefit themselves and friends wallets. What these people cant understand is you the people of Stockbridge elected them to represent you the citizens and not themselves. This shows a lack of class and honor in their code of conduct, with being human this is not unexpected but can be controlled. You may ask how well first you must keep in contact with them wile they are in office and let them know what they are doing wrong and what they are doing right if any. In other words you must treat them like a baby because you know when a child is left alone with a cookie jaw his hand will find its way into it when you are not looking. They will give every explanation why they did it, dont fall for it you know what they did was wrong remember they think they are right, that is what greed will do to a child and a politician. The next thing you need to do is to get out and vote whenever the election is. This tells the politician that he/she is being watch by the citizens that put them in office. When you go to vote you must have the knowledge of who is running and what they stand for and are they trustworthy to be in charge with your tax money that you work so hard for. Stockbridge has

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had a bad name for a long time with a lot of things the railroad is one and then there is the Atlanta media that just loves to come down and report on bad things that happen in Stockbridge. Well it is time that we the people put a stop to all of this and make a change. We started when you elected a new Mayor that is working hard to clean up the City and run it like the citizens want it and responsibly. The new mayor is doing a great job but it has been difficult because he has very little support from the City Council to help him do things right for the people. That is where you the everyday citizen comes in to play. When it comes time to vote this November you can help the city and Mayor by voting for Mr. Richard Steinberg for City Council. Mr. Steinberg is a man of integrity and honor unmatched by any that I have seen. He truly cares for the City and its people and wants to make a positive impact on the people and their lives. I encourage you to learn more about Mr. Steinberg at the information below and vote for him this November so you the great citizens of Stockbridge will have a voice in what happens to you and your great City. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Steinberg go to www.friendsofrichard.com or go to Face Book at Friends of Richard Steinberg. If you would like to donate to his campaign you can send it to Friends of Richard Steinberg 254 Kensington Trace Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 or you can use Pay Pal. Thank you and May God Bless.

Doing the wrong thing is never done for the right reasons. Doing the right thing the wrong way never works out as planned.

Henry County Update


Online at http://www.co.henry.ga.us/newsArticle.aspx?AID=882 County Adopts Economic Development Incentives Program According to Bob White, Executive Director of the Henry County Development Authority, whereas incentives used to come in at the end of negotiations, they have become increasingly important as businesses seek to narrow the scope of their location search early on by eliminating certain areas. Incentives have now percolated to the point that executives now say incentives are one of three top factors in determining location, explained White.

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What we have is a strong policy that will put us on more equal footing for economic development, said County Manager Butch Sanders during the Board meeting. By setting minimum thresholds that target businesses must meet to be eligible for economic incentives, defining the characteristics of preferred projects, and establishing categories of incentives that can be offered based on the level of expected economic development and employment growth, the Incentives Program is designed to help create and retain significant economic activity that rewards the County at levels that exceed the cost of the incentives provided. Characteristics of preferred projects are corporate activities including national and/or regional headquarters and operations or support facilities, information and technology intensive services, high environmental quality, high capital investment in buildings and equipment, high investment in human resources and/or skills training, low demand on public services and infrastructure, a positive record of corporate intent to substantially invest in the community, and high levels of taxable inventory. General categories of incentives involve the reduction or waiver of plan review fees, caps on business license and building permit fees, the Georgia Job Tax Credits Program, expedited development plan review, bonds for title and other incentives as appropriate.

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HENRY COUNTY, GAS SOCIALIST


http://charlesmobley.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/henry-county-gas-socialist/ If you dont Henry Countys Socialist leader, tax increase Kid aka the political scientist, take time to read the ballot carefully next time. [His name is Jim Nichols] Hes run for Georgia Senate and Georgia House of Representatives. Heres his latest argument why your earnings belong to the government he aspires to: Its not a redistribution of your wealth when you didnt earn it on your own Nope, government policy protects these individuals from a free flow of labor that

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would lower wages to the markets true equilibrium. Its not redistribution of your wealth to tax high income earners at higher rates of taxation when that wealth is higher not because of your effort but because of government policy. The proportion of your personal income coming because of government policy, social capital, and institutions; the proportion of your income that comes from free riding increases as you move up the income level. Theres a presidential election coming up next year and you better believe he and his comrades are in Henry County and they will be working night and day to keep Obama in power.

Elisha Winn Fair


Saturday October 1st & 2nd, 908 Dacula Road, Dacula, GA With summer in full force and school starting back is just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about the 33rd Elisha Winn Fair. Several people and I have already started working on the details of this years wonderful fall event. The Winn fair is being held on Saturday October 1st & 2nd. We need people to help in the house to direct visitors, people to help at the gate and at the quilt booth.

The story of Elisha Winn and the home he built near Hog Mountain is really the story of early Gwinnett County, for it was Winn who was not only one of the first settlers in this area, he was a founding father of the county. His home, on Dacula Road, served as the county's first courthouse and it was Winn who supplied the land to create the county seat, Lawrenceville. When Winn settled near Hog Mountain in 1805 it was on the western edge of the Georgia frontier. Settlers were protected from the Cherokee by Fort Daniel at the top of the mountain. The Winn house was built along the Dacula Highway (at this time Hurricane Shoals was the name of the road that ran past the house) in 1812.

Vaccinations and the ice cream scare Debunked


Tina Dupuy wrote about the consequences of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children in Vaccinations and the ice cream scare, August 2nd in the Henry Herald. She even mentions the mishandled research by Dr Andrew Wakefield that helped create the Autism vs. Vaccination scare. Somehow in her writing process she fails to demonstrate an understanding of the terrifying realities parents are living, or the political history surrounding Autism. Consider three points she does not mention: One, just how terrifying it is to think that the love of your conjoined heart is imperfect and defective. While this belief is false, it is perpetuated by many in our society today. Two, the rapid escalation in the numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders starting with the same year group receiving the new vaccination serum derived from Mercury. Three, that every time there is a push for an honest independent study of any potential association with autism and the vaccine. The drug companies get out their checkbooks, and unleash an army of lobbyist and lawyers. While unleashing an army of lobbyist and lawyers, and getting out their checkbooks for political contributions is not illegal, it does not argue well for innocence. Remember the leaked Tobacco Companies classified documents exposing their knowledge of the potential effects of tobacco use? In 2002 if memory serves me correctly, the number of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder was one in about three thousand children. Today it is one in one hundred and ten. However, that number is a false positive. If the standard practice was to evaluate every child, I suspect the number would be closer to 1 in every 50. I mention that because a recent study in Korea tested every child and the number was one in every thirty eight. I want to thank every parent who has faced theirs fears and had their child tested!

Having a child with Autism or Aspergers is not the end of the world it is however the beginning of years of hard work, and possibilities. Consider if you will the following list of individuals whose personal characteristics are consistent with current definitions of Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Some have an official diagnosis; many do not. This list is provided to debunk the myth that children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or who demonstrate autistic like behaviors cannot lead a productive and successful life. Al Gore, former Vice President; Alan Turing, Mathematician & Codebreaker; Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner; Alexander Gram Bell, Inventor; Alfred Hitchcock ,Film director; Andre Marie Ampere, Mathematician; Andy Kaufman, Actor and comedian; Andy Warhol, Artist; Bela Bartock, Hungarian composer; Bertrand Russell, British logician; Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft; Blind Tom Wiggins, Pianist & Composer; Bob Dylan, Singer songwriter; Bobby Fisher, Chess champion; Bram Cohen, Software Developer; Carl Jung, Psychoanalyst; Charles Renee Machintosh, Designer and architect; Charles Shultz, Peanuts creator; Crispin Clover, Actor; Dan Aykroyd, Comedian & Actor; David Helfgott, Pianist; Emily Dickenson, Poet; Franz Kafka, Czech writer; Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher; Garrison Keillor, writer humorist and host of Prairie Home Companion; Gary Numan, Musician; George Bernard Shaw, Playwright; Glenn Gould, Pianist & Composer; Hans Asperger, Pediatric doctor after whom Aspergers is named; Helen Martins, Artist; Henry Cavendish, British Scientist; Henry Darger, Artist; Henry Ford, Manufacturer; Henry Thoreau, Writer; Howard Hughes, Billionaire; James Taylor, Singer and songwriter; Jane Austin, Author; Jeff Greenfield, Political analyst and speechwriter; Jeremy Bentham, Philosopher; Jim Henson, Muppets creator; John Denver, Singer songwriter and actor; John Nash, US Mathematician; Joseph Cornell, Artist; Keanu Reeves, Actor; Keith Iberman, Sportscaster; Kevin Mitnick, Hacker; LS Lowery, Painter; Ludwig II, King of Bavaria; Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer; Ludwig Wittgenstein Logician and philosopher; Mark Twain, Humorist and writer; Michael Jackson, Singer; Michael Palin, Comedian; Moe Norman, Golfer; Moondog (Louis Hardin), Composer; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer; Nick Drake, Singer-Songwriter; Nikola Tesla, Scientist and inventor; Oliver Heaviside, Mathematician & Physicist; Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and author; Paul Laffoley, Painter & Architect; Richard Borcherds, Mathematician; Richard Stallman, Software Engineer; Richard Strauss, Composer; Stephen Spielberg, Filmmaker; Steve Carlton, Baseball Player; Syd Barrett, Musician; Temple Grandin, Livestock Handling Designer; Thomas Edison, Inventor; Thomas Jefferson, President; Tim Burton, Filmmaker; Toney Benn, Labor politician; Tony DeBlois, Pianist; Vernon L. Smith, 2002 Nobel Prize for economics; Vincent Van Gogh, Painter; William James Sidis, Polymath; William John Cavendish Bentinck-Scott, Fifth Duke of Portland; Woody Allen, Actor comedian film director. While some of those listed do not have an official diagnosis, it does indicate that there is hope. Because if your child is diagnosed, they can get the help needed to be a productive member of our community. There can be success for your child if you are willing to work hard, I know. Commentary Bruce Kendall

No Plan B
Congressional Democrats were tossed a bone, and that is to allow President Obama to move through the 2012 campaign year without the nations debt and budget impasse hanging over him. Congressional Republicans held strongly against raising taxes. The crisis may be averted, but the nature of the problem has not gone away. The debt ceiling will still rise. Taxpayers remain on the hook. Taxpayers remain on the hook. The Sunday July 31 print edition of ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION featured Atlanta Forward> 2012: The Turning Point. Metro Atlanta traffic has merged into the ninth circle of hell. Unemployment is up. Real estate is in a persistent vegetative state. The city schools have been stained by scandal. All of a sudden the recipe that has worked beautifully in Atlanta for 40 years has stopped working, said Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Among the top measures the AJC used to compare metropolitan areas were Economic Conditions, Housing, Transit and Business Climate. Atlanta ranked a 91 overall, with Washington DC ranking 100. In one-way commute times, Atlanta posted 30-minutes. But in hours wasted per commuter, per year Atlanta posted 44. Not surprisingly, the focus of problem resolution zeroed in on the proposed Transportation Tax called T-SPLOST. For years worries have floated above the clogged highways: Atlanta would choke on its own growth. And, largely because of the 2012 referendum, transportation is the issue Atlantans can address first. The next year looms large. Voters in the region will decide whether to approve a 1-cent sales tax that could raise $7 Billion over ten years for transportation improvements. The court has given the US Army Corps of Engineers one year to come up with a plan for sharing the flow from Lake Lanier among Georgia and its neighbors. Education presents challenges that cannot be resolved by a referendum or a court. Atlanta remains a transit hub and Georgias most valuable brand. Mayor Kaseem Reed addressed civic leaders and journalists and yoked Atlantas fate with that of the state. Reed pointed to next years sales-tax vote as a crucial starting point for regional success. If the proposal fails, the region stalls, he said. I think we will have made a decision to be small. There is no Plan B. That is depressing! The economic fate of Atlanta and the state of Georgia hangs on increasing taxes.

A metro area with so many top notch universities, major international corporations and the busiest airport must hang its economic hat on higher taxes. The best and brightest in this corner of the American Southeast cannot envision breaking from depressed job markets, a near-dead housing industry or rising gasoline prices. The only way to enliven the economy is by providing incentives free money from the wallets of taxpayers to industries and businesses.

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If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans

Media Specialist Casey Case shows areas of downtown that will be rebuilt and remodeled. In 2011, McDonough applied and received a $100,000 grant for a Livable Centers Initiative supplemental study. The grant was matched by the city and will enable a consultant to perform a business recruitment and retention analysis, a connectivity and mobility plan for area residents and a mixed-use overlay zoning ordinance.

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